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Green Lodging News Adds Excel Dryer as Directory Partner


CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Excel Dryer as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Excel Dryer’s XLERATOReco includes new “no heat” technology. XLERATOReco offers the same performance and reliability as the original patented technology XLERATOR—drying hands in less than 15 seconds while using one-third the energy of other high speed and trough-style hand dryers. XLERATOReco enables green lodging facilities to reduce costs, labor, maintenance and waste while also significantly reducing their carbon footprint.

Hyatt Regency Orlando Debuts PURE Hotel Rooms


ORLANDO, FLA.—Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly The Peabody Orlando, announced it will offer 25 new hypoallergenic rooms installed by PURE Solutions. Treated with a patented seven-step process to kill and protect against 99.9 percent of viruses and bacteria, PURE rooms virtually eliminate all surface and airborne irritants and create a hypoallergenic and rejuvenating space for allergy-sufferers and health-conscious travelers.

Polaris Rolls Out New GEM eM 1400 Vehicle


MEDINA, MINN.—Polaris Industries Inc. announced the availability of the all-new Polaris GEM eM1400 vehicle. The compact electric vehicles are ready for order through all 280 authorized GEM dealers in North America. With industry-leading payload and cargo as well as versatile configurations, the GEM eM1400 can be customized to fit a variety of work applications.

Neon Technologies Helps Hotels Go Paperless with Concierge


SAN JOSE, CALIF.—Neon Technologies introduces Concierge, a guest-facing hotel concierge service with the ability to dramatically decrease hotels’ negative environmental effects. By logging requests digitally, and reducing consumption of high-turnover hotel amenities, NEON provides a software solution that saves hotels money, and reduces degradation of the environment.

Starwood Vacation Ownership Chooses SynergyMMS Software


BOWLING GREEN, OHIO—As a preferred vendor of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., Systems Associates Inc. has been selected by Starwood Vacation Ownership Inc. (SVO) to implement its SynergyMMS maintenance management solution at all villa resort properties. This initiative was recently rolled out in Hawaii at The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas on the island of Maui and The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas on Kauai. Sixteen resorts—with a total of 7,000 villas—will be equipped with SynergyMMS by November.

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino to Expand Stay Well Program


NEW YORK—MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and Delos, a real estate developer, have decided to expand Stay Well, their wellness hotel room concept. After a positive guest response and growing demand since launching in October 2012, Stay Well at MGM Grand is quadrupling its Stay Well room count from 42 to 171 rooms and suites, encompassing the entire 14th floor of the hotel’s main tower. “The success of the Stay Well rooms exemplifies the large consumer demand and appetite for a healthier, wellness-oriented travel experience,” said Delos founder Paul Scialla. “We are thrilled to expand the Stay Well experience within MGM Grand and look forward to introducing Delos’ latest and most advanced health and wellness designs to guests.” Unveiled in 2012 at MGM Grand, Stay Well by Delos is the first of its kind to integrate medical science and technology into a hotel experience that optimizes and supports guests’ health and well-being. “The feedback we’ve received from our guests since launching Stay Well by Delos has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Scott Sibella, president and COO of MGM Grand.

Ecolab Recognized for Climate Change Performance


ST. PAUL, MINN.—Ecolab has been named to the 2013 CDP Global 500 Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) and CDP Global 500 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI), two leading environmental indices announced with release of the CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013. CDP is the only global environmental disclosure system, and the report tracks how the world’s largest public companies are responding to a changing climate.

IEHA, Best Western Partner on Hotel Housekeeper Certification


WESTERVILLE, OHIO—IEHA and Phoenix-based Best Western International (BWI) are partnering to produce the first Healthy Hotel Housekeeper (HHH) Certification, with the goal to make hotel environments cleaner and healthier by empowering housekeeping professionals with knowledge and training, supported by an ongoing certification program administered by IEHA.

Air Scrubber Plus Introduces ActivePure Technology


NEW YORK—Air Scrubber Plus introduces its new ActivePure technology with a simple installation process that can be incorporated into almost any indoor heating and cooling system. Air Scrubber Plus reduces contaminants in the air and on surfaces. The difference in air quality is noticeable; the air is fresher and the surfaces are cleaner, with an up to 99 percent reduction in contaminants on surfaces, like counters and toilet seats.

National Energy Technologies Opens Online Store


SOUTHAMPTON, PA.—National Energy Technologies LLC, a Philadelphia-based company, recently announced the debut of their online store. According to Scott Milne, president and CEO of National Energy Technologies, “Commercial and residential customers alike are seeking superior conservation solutions that perform more effectively than conventional ideas but prove hard to find and are often misunderstood.”

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